Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144960
Authors: 
Autor, David H.
Figlio, David N.
Karbownik, Krzysztof
Roth, Jeffrey
Wasserman, Melanie
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5925
Abstract: 
Using birth certificates matched to schooling records for Florida children born 1992 – 2002, we assess whether family disadvantage disproportionately impedes the pre-market development of boys. We find that, relative to their sisters, boys born to disadvantaged families have higher rates of disciplinary problems, lower achievement scores, and fewer high-school completions. Evidence supports that this is a causal effect of the post-natal environment; family disadvantage is unrelated to the gender gap in neonatal health. We conclude that the gender gap among black children is larger than among white children in substantial part because black children are raised in more disadvantaged families.
Subjects: 
gender gap
family structure
education and inequality
early skills development
JEL: 
J12
J13
J16
I24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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